ASML Holding NV (ASML): Today's Featured Technology Winner

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ASML ( ASML) pushed the Technology sector higher today making it today's featured technology winner. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.7%. By the end of trading, ASML rose $1.93 (2.8%) to $71.41 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 3,057,562 shares of ASML exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,772,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $71.12-$72.10 after having opened the day at $72.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $69.48. Other companies within the Technology sector that increased today were: Deltathree ( DDDC), up 42.9%, Primus Telecommunications Group ( PTGI), up 24.6%, WPCS International ( WPCS), up 15.2% and Travelzoo ( TZOO), up 12.0%.
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ASML Holding NV engages in designing, manufacturing, marketing, and servicing semiconductor processing equipment used in the fabrication of integrated circuits or chips worldwide. ASML has a market cap of $27.6 billion and is part of the electronics industry. Shares are up 5.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates ASML as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, increase in net income, expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share.

On the negative front, Ultratech ( UTEK), down 17.9%, Uni-pixel ( UNXL), down 15.0%, Nokia Oyj ( NOK), down 11.4% and China Information Technology ( CNIT), down 10.7% , were all laggards within the technology sector with LinkedIn ( LNKD) being today's technology sector laggard.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the technology sector could consider Technology Select Sector SPDR ( XLK) while those bearish on the technology sector could consider ProShares Ultra Short Technology ( REW).

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